English (London), Chinese / Ewer / 16th century (ca. 1585)English (London), Chinese
16th century (ca. 1585)

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: English (London), Chinese
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Active Place: London, England
Title: Ewer
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1583
Creation End Date: 1587
Creation Date: 16th century (ca. 1585)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Silver In Combinatio
Materials and Techniques: Porcelain, silver-gilt
Dimensions: H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 44.14.2
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1944
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

In the sixteenth century Chinese porcelain was occasionally brought to England, sometimes by way of the Levant, sometimes by sea around the Cape of Good Hope. As it was very rare and considered a special treasure, the most accomplished English silversmiths were often commissioned to make mounts for it. Pieces such as these were regarded as suitable for royal gifts or for the furnishing of princely houses.

The ewer shown here is one of a group of Chinese porcelains of the Wan Li period (1575-1619) with silver-gilt mounts made by an unidentified English silversmith about 1585. They were all acquired by the Museum from the estate of J.P. Morgan.

AMICA ID: MMA_.44.14.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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